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Name:  musicalman
Forum posts:  153 (0.25 per day) (View)
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Since:  2016-05-27 02:40:50 PM (registered for 1 year, 7 months and 25 days)
Last post:  2018-01-20 08:05:55 AM, in question about updating music ports (Moderation Questions)
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User Bio
My name is Ray, though I often go by musicalman on forums. I am a blind musician who is also a tech geek with a dash of Aspergers which greatly intensifies and focuses my primary interests and makes me a bit more reclusive than most people. But people here don't seem to mind, so I don't mind being here :).

I started messing around with toy organs and keyboards when I was 2, and that is where my interest in musical things started. When I was 4 I started taking piano lessons with a teacher who was mostly rock/jazz/pop oriented, which is where I learned a lot of basic music theory. When I was 10 I moved to taking classical piano lessons, though I didn't find those as enjoyable.

Until I was a teenager I had very little exposure to electronic music or the technology that created it. I was always fascinated with it and wanted to know more, though. At one point, I decided I might as well pursue this interest because I felt that studying piano, while fulfilling in many ways, wasn't my true passion. Besides, I didn't really want to be a famous blind piano player because people compared me to other blind pianists all the time as I grew up.

Ten years later, I'm still highly involved with my interests in music technology. I currently use synthesizers to make most of my music using midi, and my piano and now keyboard skills help me greatly. I still take occasional lessons but have self-taught a lot of what I know. I also enjoy transcribing other music, and I probably like doing that even more because the music itself is already written and all I have to do is try to imitate it accurately. All of my music is done by ear; I never learned how to read sheet music of any kind. I recently went to York College of Pennsylvania where I graduated in May 2016 with a Masters degree in Music Industry and Recording Technology.

I've also taken a great interest in sound design and in recording, especially in a musical context. My upbringing with strictly acoustic music has never left me, though, and so my creative ideas always stem around making more acoustic sounds/compositions with a ton of electronic music influences thrown in. My tastes in music range from classical to chiptune to metal, and anything in between. I like instrumental music more though. I could never really identify with lyrics, and thus music that relies on lyrics to sustain it is dull to me. I also cannot follow experimental music well since it is often unfamiliar and unpredictable.

I enjoy learning about video games, though I can't play most of them. I've always wondered how video games make their unique sounds. For years, it has been my dream to put myself in a video game music composer's shoes and work with the sound chips they would've had to use during the 80s and 90s. That dream is becoming a reality. The Snes has always been one of my favorite video game sound systems because it straddles that line between real music and synthesized music. When I discovered AddmusicK (a tool that allows one to insert custom music into SMW), I became very excited, as I found it had considerable power. It took me a few months to become familiar enough with it to be comfortable using it, but when I reached that point, I figured out what SMWC was and made an account in 2016. Ever since then, I've been helping out in the custom music section.

I really don't have much of a real life outside of what I just described above though. So I still need to work on that. Lol
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